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Match Preview – Wasps Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Match Preview – Wasps Rugby v Gloucester Rugby
The Cherry and Whites are on the road this weekend, finishing the first block of the new Gallagher Premiership season at the Ricoh Arena for a big clash against play-off chasing Wasps Rugby (KO 3pm)

Dai Young’s side have picked up a pair of wins on the road in the two Northern outposts, and welcome a Cherry and White side keen to bounce back from a pair of defeats.

Here are a number of players to watch this weekend.

Billy Twelvetrees

The England centre makes his 150th appearance in the Gallagher Premiership this weekend, and returns to the Cherry and White midfield.

James Hanson

The Australian hooker’s battle with Tommy Taylor could be a key one to look out for this weekend as the Cherry and Whites look to get the ascend in the set piece in what is a fascinating forward battle.

Match Stats

Wasps solitary defeat so far this season was at home to Exeter in round 2 of Gallagher Premiership Rugby, their only defeat at the Ricoh Arena since January.

Gloucester Rugby have slipped to back-to-back defeats at Saracens and at home to Harlequins to end their unbeaten start to the campaign. Gloucester have won only once on the road in Premiership Rugby since last November: 33-29 at London Irish in March.

Wasps are unbeaten in their last three fixtures against Gloucester whilst Gloucester’s most recent victory on Wasps soil was at Adams Park in February 2011.

Last Time Out

Gloucester Rugby 25-27 Harlequins

Newcastle Falcons 22-23 Wasps

Last Three

26 Feb 2017 – Wasps 35-22 Gloucester Rugby

23 Dec 2017 - Wasps 49-24 Gloucester Rugby

24 Feb 2018 – Gloucester Rugby 25-25 Wasps

Team News

Wasps Rugby

15. Rob Miller, 14. Christian Wade, 13. Elliot Daly, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Josh Bassett, 10. Billy Searle, 9. Dan Robson; 1. Ben Harris, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Kieran Brookes; 4. Will Rowlands, 5. James Gaskell; 6. Ashley Johnson, 7. Nizaam Carr, 8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements

16. Tom Cruse, 17. Zurabi Zhvania, 18. Will Stuart, 19. Kearnan Myall, 20. Thomas Young, 21. Craig Hampson, 22. Michael Le Bourgeois, 23. Gaby Lovobalavu

Gloucester Rugby

15. Tom Hudson, 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Matt Banahan, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Ben Vellacott, 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater (c), 5. Gerbrandt Grobler, 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements

16. Franco Marais, 17. Alex Seville, 18. Ciaran Knight; 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Gareth Evans; 21. Callum Braley, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Jason Woodward

Match Officials

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (54th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson & Wayne Falla. TMO: Claire Hodnett. Citing Officer: Andy Blyth.

How To Follow

This Saturday’s game is not being shown live on television, but there will be live commentary via BBC Radio Gloucestershire who will in place at the Ricoh Arena.

Follow all of the club channels for live updates on the matchday live blog, Twitter and behind the scenes on Instagram.

Enjoy the game!

 
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